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Welcoming Frederick all-day conference seeks sponsors

posted Mar 8, 2018, 4:21 AM by Brian Walker   [ updated Mar 8, 2018, 4:51 AM ]

Welcoming Frederick is an annaul one-day conference dedicated to providing families and professionals with the tools necessary to build affirming communities for LGBTQ youth and adults.  It  is presented by The Frederick Center, FreeState Justice, the Hood College Studies on Women and Gender (SWAG) Program, and the Hood College Queer Student Union (QSU). Questions to

Welcoming Frederick 2018 will take place at Hood College in the Whitaker Campus Center on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Hood is located at 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, Maryland, 21701. Last year we brought together approximately 100 youth and professionals; this year we are expecting a similar audience.  The event wraps around two LGBTQ youth panels where youth of different age groups relay their real-world experiences with local schools, businesses, and government/non-profit service organizations. Expert-led presentations and breakout sessions address current issues with best-practice actionable plans. Sponsorship form attached, sponsorship levels are $150 and $500.

Nominations for 2017 Ally of the Year

posted Feb 8, 2018, 3:28 PM by Brian Walker   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 9:39 AM ]

Now accepting nominations for 2017 Ally of the Year, deadline 3/7/2018.
Nominate here:

The honor of Ally of the Year is given annually to one or more straight community members who have provided outstanding support and assistance to Central Maryland’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community  The TFC Board selects the award recipients from nominations.  The award will be presented on 6/22.

Note: TFC Board members are not eligible to receive this award, any other ally/non-LGBTQ organization is

2018 Frederick Pride registration

posted Feb 7, 2018, 7:09 AM by Brian Walker

Registration for booth and table space for 2018 Frederick Pride, June 23 11am-6pm: 
10x10 booth spaces are $150 until 5/1, sheltered table spaces for non-profit organizations that are not selling anything are $50 until 5/1. 

All spaces are reserved on a first-paid basis, everything sold out last year so don't delay. 

New this year: larger booth sizes are available. Ask questions to

Sign up and pay online:

Carnival 2018 set for Saturday 2/24, 7-11:30pm @ Delaplaine

posted Jan 9, 2018, 1:17 PM by Brian Walker   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 6:42 PM ]

Join The Frederick Center and the Frederick L Word as we celebrate the fourth annual Carnival -- it's Mardi Gras with a Brazilian Flair! Everyone  aged 21+ is welcome. Elegant attire is a must, with masks and costumes encouraged as we dance to the sizzling beats of a DJ. We'll have hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar -- plus Drag, Brazilian Dancing, and other entertainment. We're supporting The Frederick Center and the Frederick L Word while raising the roof to have some fun. There is something for everyone at this fierce celebration; be sure to get your ticket in advance since prices increase at the door.

Frederick World AIDS Day event 11/30 6-8pm @ FCC Student Dining Hall

posted Nov 9, 2017, 10:31 AM by Brian Walker   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 10:32 AM ]

Join us as we remember the lives lost to, and celebrate those living with, HIV/AIDS.

Longtime Advocate and Activist Chris Camp emcees an evening of friendship, food, drinks and an interactive World AIDs Day Jeopardy contest with prizes—and features Drag Divas K.C. Florance and Tiffany Dee Knight! Free on-site HIV testing and free HIV Home Test Kits are available.

NOTE: Bring an unexpired can or boxed food item to donate to the Deacon’s Food Pantry / Church of the Brethren. Everyone is invited!

Sponsored By:
Frederick Community College $ The Frederick Center
Hood College
Frederick County Health Department
Asian American Center of Frederick

Facebook event

Silent Auction items sought for 11/18 A Little Song, A Little Dance

posted Oct 30, 2017, 4:44 PM by Brian Walker

Silent Auction Items Sought for 11/18 Little Song, Little Dance World AIDS Day benefit @ FSK Clarion Inn
Tax deductible. All proceeds from the silent auction go to The Frederick Center. Ticket sales and other proceeds benefit other non-profits. 17th annual female impersonator show, with Miss Glamour Girl pageant new this year starting at 7pm. Tickets for both events $30, just LSLD at 8pm $25.

Accepting items from individuals, businesses, and other organizations. Artwork, gift certificates, Longaberger baskets, Frederick items, antiques, pottery, jewelry, DVD box sets, gag items, packaged food, and just about anything besides bottles of alcohol.

Form attached. Contact for auction questions or to schedule item pickup: Peter Brehm,
Event on Facebook

Young Adult Group expanded to twice a month

posted Oct 16, 2017, 5:29 PM by Brian Walker

1st and 3rd Monday evenings 7-8:30pm each month. TFC peer support group for LGBTQ young adults aged 18-26 only.   Topic-driven meetings: education, support, friendship-building, skill-sharing, and more. Free, just show up.  Grace UCC (not a church group), 25 E 2nd St, Frederick.  Enter white doors down left side of church, proceed up the inside stairs you see to the lounge.  Coffee and tea provided. A program of The Frederick Center.

If you are a medical professional in Frederick County, we need your help

posted Jul 27, 2017, 12:26 PM by Brian Walker   [ updated Jul 27, 2017, 12:30 PM ]

Dear Frederick County Medical Professional:
Working in coordination with the Frederick County Health Department, Frederick County Public Schools, and Frederick Memorial Hospital, The Frederick Center, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) providing resources to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) and Ally community of central Maryland, is initiating a brief survey to document the comfort and confidence that medical community in Frederick County has in treating LGBT patients.  Pasted below is a letter from Dr. Barbara Brookmyer of the Frederick County Health Department on the importance of this effort to enhance medical outcomes for the LGBT community in Frederick.

Survey responses are anonymous, with additional details at this link: Understanding schedules are busy and summer is upon us, our goal is to collect as many responses from the Frederick County medical community as possible over the next three months.

Take the survey
In addition to taking the survey, we invite you to share this information and link with other medical professionals in your practice and contact network. On this, we will be using several sources to contact the medical community as well as asking members of The Frederick Center to invite their medical providers to participate. As a result, you may receive more than one request.  We ask that each professional only complete the survey once and apologies in advance for any repeated requests.
Thank you,
Peter Brehm
Kate Ericksen

2018 Frederick Pride will be 6/23/2018

posted Jul 25, 2017, 6:33 AM by Brian Walker

Remains on Carroll Creek. More details as event nears.

safeTalk Suicide Awareness Training 9/23

posted Jul 25, 2017, 6:01 AM by Brian Walker

$10, registration required, includes lunch and snack

Glade United Church of Christ and The Frederick Center, Inc. will sponsor a suicide awareness workshop on September 23, 2017 from 9:00 am-12:30 pm at Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ located at 15 W. Church St., Frederick, MD 21701 in downtown Frederick. Registrants will be advised of the meeting room in the church facility closer to the date. The training will be presented by LivingWorks, a national organization recognized by the Mental Health Association of Frederick County that is a leader in suicide intervention training. The program, safeTALK, focuses on alertness training and is geared toward participants aged 16 and older. Its premise is that most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with physical and/or emotional pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite those with whom they interact to provide help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting these individuals with life-saving intervention resources.
Training features:
Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
Access to support from a local community resource person
Powerful audiovisual learning aids
Review of simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe
Hands-on skills practice and development

Please fill out below application and mail it to Glade United Church of Christ, 21 Fulton St., Walkersville, MD 21793, Attn: safeTALK, with your $10 reservation fee. Please make checks payable to : Glade United Church of Christ and indicate safeTALK in the memo line. There is space for 30 participants and we will fill those spaces on a first come, first served basis. Any remaining spaces will be advertised on the Mental Health Association website starting in mid-August. Registrants must be 16 or older. Snack and lunch will be served.

Please mail this application and a check for $10.00 to*:
Glade United Church of Christ
21 Fulton Avenue
Walkersville, MD 21793
(please note that the class is not at this address)

Make checks payable to : Glade United Church of Christ and indicate safeTALK in the memo line.

NAME: ___________________________
PHONE: _______________
E-MAIL: _________________________
ADDRESS: _____________________________________________________

I am 16 years old or older (please check)

* Applications will be honored in the order they are received (with fee included).

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